24 July 2019
Issue Nine
Across the Principal's Desk
2019 Debutante Ball
Headspace Visits BSC
BSC Sport
World of Science
School News
Dates to Remember
Beaufort Secondary College
(03) 5349 2305
37 Park Road
Beaufort, Victoria, 3373

Across the Principal's Desk

Welcome back to everyone for the start of the second half of our school year. We finished off our last term well with exams being completed over the final couple of weeks and a sausage sizzle followed by a disco in the afternoon of the last day. Thanks to the SRC and Mrs. Powlett for organising the BBQ and handing out the sausages to the hungry students at lunchtime and then for providing the entertainment and socialising at the Disco in the Drama Centre for the last period of the day – a great way to finish the term with student led initiatives and some fun at the end of the semester. Mr. Hooper’s rendition of ‘the worm’ on stage was a bit of a highlight and a brief but solid exhibit of dance talent.


Our Deb Ball was a feature event to finish off the semester on the last Friday night of term. Sixteen couples were presented on the evening, in spectacular fashion. The students put the effort into the dance training and it certainly paid off on the night, as they moved around the hall with confidence in each of the routines. It was terrific to see the couples enjoying themselves once they moved past the initial nerves of getting down the steps and to the opposite end of the hall. Once again, the evening was very well supported by family, friends and students of all ages, creating a brilliant atmosphere in the hall for the evening. We welcomed students from younger years, as well as students from past years, dressed up and enjoying the night. The hall was packed to capacity and it was a really nice mix of formal, social and sense of community. Everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves in a friendly and connected way. 


Thanks to the staff who were able to be there on the night to help with proceedings and support our students. A special thank you to Ms. Kerr for all of the extra work she put into organising the students from the school side of things and for her work as compere on the night – she did a terrific job! Thanks also to all of the students for the effort they put into the night and the way in which they conducted themselves – exemplary! An enormous thank you to Angela Gerrard who leads our Parents and Friends’ Association. It really is a massive amount of work to organise and run the evening. The PFA did a wonderful job to produce such a successful evening to benefit our students and the local community – many, many hours of work that are greatly appreciated!

2019 Debutante Ball

The recent Beaufort Secondary College Parents and Friends Association Debutante Ball was a resounding success. The ball was sold out with 300 people enjoying the elegant night in the Beaufort Town Hall.

The ball for students in Year 10 and 11 saw 32 students take part in the presentations, supported by 2 junior couples.  The couples were presented to School Principal, Mr. Karl Schier, Member for Ripon, Louise Staley and Mayor of the Pyrenees Shire, Cr. Robert Vance.

The girls all looked beautiful in their full-length white gowns and their partners were debonair in black suits with silver waistcoats.  Following their presentation to the official party the debutantes performed 5 dances; Modern Waltz, Cha Cha, Meringe, Progressive Jive and then the Pride of Erin with their parents.  The students were trained for eight weeks by Ms. Shelley Ross of The Dance Studio Ballarat.

The hall was decorated in the theme of an enchanted forest with the colours of teal and silver. 

The participants and guests relaxed following the presentations with a lavish supper served by Camlyn Catering and music by Stawell band ‘No Plans’.

Beaufort Secondary College Parents and Friends congratulate all the participants for their flawless presentation and thank all those who attended the night and all the volunteers who helped make the night a success.


Group Photo:

Back Row L-R: Cameron McLeod, Davey , Matthew Treacey, Rory Wilkinson
2nd Back Row L-R: Calvin Wilkinson, Jude Poyser, Seth Cooper-Kennington, Jack Peacock, Ethan Page, Luke Arvidson, Damien Johnson, Thomas Collins
3rd Back Row L-R: Liam McLinden, Myles Sandlant, Sophie Cook, Maddi Shalders, Alana Pesti, Hamish Irvin, Xavier McErvale
Centre Row L-R: Naomi Gerrard, Vicky Homan, Tiarna Prattley, Lainey Tiley
Front Row L-R: Abby Tiley, Caitlyn Leach, Alarah Ford, Mia Evans, Camryn Woodward, Zoe Wheeler, Jaelyn Brand, Jade Alexander, Ashleigh Crowley
Juniors L-R: Ethan Bourke, Kiarah Ford, Tess Wheeler, Tom Kehoe



Headspace Visits BSC

On Wednesday 19th June, HeadSpace ran sessions for students in all year levels. These sessions focussed on managing personal mental wellbeing and supporting friends who may be struggling. Megan, the presenter, was engaging and provided opportunities for all students to become involved in demonstrations, discussions and role playing. The students were willing to participate and share their thoughts, which made the experience all the more worthwhile. I would like to thank Laura, our school nurse, for organising this fantastic event and HeadSpace for travelling out to our school and providing our students with this worthwhile experience.


Jackie Kerr

(Student Wellbeing)


BSC Sport

State Cross Country

On Thursday 18th July the State Cross Country competition was run at Bundoora Park in Melbourne. We were lucky to have one of our students progress through to this level of competition. Jack Peacock competed in the 16 Year Boys 5km race. He ran a great race and gave it his all.

Jack placed 38th in his event and he ran a personal best with a time of 18:20.


Thank you to his family who supported him all the way and drove him to and from the event.


Well done, Jack!



GWR Badminton

On Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th July, we had two teams of Year 7’s and two teams of Intermediate students travel to the Ken Kay Badminton Centre in Ballarat to compete against other schools in the region.

It was two cold days inside the centre, but it didn’t stop the students from trying their best and learning a lot about the rules of the game and how to play.  Although the students weren’t overly successful on the scoreboard, the knowledge they gained from the experience and the sportsmanship displayed was commendable.

Thank you to Mr. De Zoete-Spiero for helping out and coaching the Year 7 students on Tuesday.

World of Science

Year 8 Chicken Wing Dissections


School News

Mobile Phones

Just a kind reminder about Beaufort Secondary College’s mobile phone policy. If students choose to bring their phone to school our expectation is that they will leave it at the office in the morning and pick it up after school.


Mobiles phones are not permitted to be used during class time or at recess or lunch.  Should you need to get an urgent message to your child, parents are invited to call the General Office and the message will be delivered to your child immediately.


We thank our families and students for supporting our mobile phone policy so that our students can make the most of their learning at Beaufort Secondary College.



The temperature may be dropping but our expectations continue to rise regarding appropriate winter school uniform. Our expectations regarding an appropriate hem length on skirts and shorts still apply and we ask parents and students to ensure that hem lengths are no shorter than 5cm above the knee. Also a reminder to wear appropriate Beaufort Secondary College jackets that are wind and rain proof. We also continue to hold our expectations around hair colour and piercings. Please refer to the School Uniform Policy located in the front of our school diaries or on our website for more information.


We thank our families and students for supporting our high expectations at Beaufort Secondary College.


Child Safe Schools

The Child Safe Standards are compulsory minimum standards for all Victorian early childhood services and schools, to ensure they are well prepared to protect children from abuse and neglect.​ Beaufort Secondary College has many policies and procedures in place that cater for the protection, safety and wellbeing of our students.  Implementing the safe school strategies will further enhance the care and support we provide for our students.

There has always been zero tolerance of child abuse at Beaufort Secondary College and we will continue to build our good practices and implement further measures which are designed to protect all children from harm.



Dates to Remember

Important Dates


M-F 22-26          Year 10 Work Experience

Fri 26                  Curriculum Day - No students required at school

M- F 29 - 2          Year 10 - Work Experience

                               Year 9 -  Camp 



Thurs 1              GWR Table Tennis

Mon 5                 Year 12 Chemistry - Ecolinc

Wed 14              Eureka Basketball (7-8)



Mon 16               GWR Athletics

M-F 16-20          Year 10 - Melbourne Urban Camp

Fri 20                   Last Day Term 3



Mon 7                  First Day Term 4

Wed 9                  Eureka Tennis & Volleyball (7-8)

                               Year 11 Chemistry - Ecolinc


Wed 16                Eureka Tennis (7-8)

Wed 30                VCE Exams Start



Tues 5                  Melbourne Cup Day



M-Tu 2-3             Year 8 -  Exams

W-F 4-6               Year 8 - Surf Camp - Anglesea

Th-F 12-13         Year 7 & 9 - Exams